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Foreign Friends: Syngman Rhee, American Exceptionalism, and the Division of Korea

David P. Fields


This book examines how Syngman Rhee and the Korean independence movement used the rhetoric of American exceptionalism to lobby the U.S. government and the American public for support between 1905 and 1945. Alleging that Theodore Roosevelt violated the 1882 Korean-American Treaty when he tacitly supported the Japanese annexation of Korea in 1905, Rhee argued that Germany was not the only nation guilty of regarding treaties as “mere scraps of paper” and exhorted Americans to right this historical wrong by supporting Korean independence. He argued that doing so would prove Americans were the exce ... More

Keywords: Syngman Rhee, US-Korean Relations, Korean History, US Foreign Relations, US Diplomatic History, US Race Relations, International History, Treaties

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780813177199
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813177199.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David P. Fields, author
University of Wisconsin--Madison